Improving Primary, Emergency, and Critical Care Medicine,
by incorporating 'point-of-care' Ultrasound into Clinical Practice …
Bringing quality “Point-of-care” Ultrasound to the patient in all out-of-hospital and in-hospital “critical” scenarios, by developing and fostering, on a global and multi-disciplinary basis, Ultrasound Education, technological Development, Evidence-based Research, and International Teamwork.
MEMORANDUM of INCORPORATION & STATUTE
[May 7, 2007 - Milan (Italy) ~ Art. 1.3, Scope]
1.3.1. The Scientific Society has the institutional scope to promote and spread “point-of-care” ultrasound into clinical practice, in order to improve primary, emergency and critical care provided in all extra-hospital and in-hospital scenarios.
1.3.2. “Vision Statement” of the Scientific Society: “Improving Primary, Emergency, and Critical Care Medicine, by incorporating 'point-of-care' Ultrasound into Clinical Practice”.
1.3.3. “Mission Statement” of the Scientific Society: “Bringing quality “Point-of-care” Ultrasound to the patient in all out-of-hospital and in-hospital “critical” scenarios, by developing and fostering, on a global and multi-disciplinary basis, Ultrasound Education, Technological Development, Evidence-based Research and International Teamwork”.
1.3.4. Consistent with its institutional scope, the Scientific Society aims to achieve the following scientific and social goals:
To identify critical scenarios characterized by clinical and environmental constraints, where ultrasound, when implemented and incorporated into patient point-of-care (“point-of-care ultrasound”), represents a critical added value (“critical ultrasound”) in order to improve management, performance and outcome.
To identify ultrasound “point-of-care” applications within extra-hospital and in-hospital scenarios, consistent with prevention, triage, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of the critical patient, from primary assessment and stabilization to definitive treatment and “follow up”.
To identify the technical, clinical, organizational, and social competencies necessary for effective incorporation and diffusion of “point-of-care” ultrasound into critical scenarios.
To identify methodology, technology, and instrumentation necessary for “point-of-care” ultrasound implementation in such scenarios.
To analyze the identified items in order to assess their feasibility, sustainability, and accuracy within the different settings, together with their impact on patients’ outcome and organizational performance.
To evaluate and compare the experiences of different investigators and countries, in order to produce recommendations and guidelines for clinical practice, continuing education and technological development, on the evidence basis of the broadest expert consensus.
To develop research projects and conferences among investigators, societies, and institutions, both at local and international levels, in order to identify, validate, and refine the evidence and consensus on the recommendations and guidelines that will be provided.
To promote quality assured training programs, in order to maximize basic and advanced competences in assessing and managing the critical patient, incorporating them, where appropriate, into school and university curricula of different countries and health systems.
To promote networking actions designed to enhance aggregation, coordination, association, affiliation, promotion, communication, support for the diffusion and the development of “critical” ultrasound worldwide, throughout the scientific community and the healthcare systems, with highest attention to the scarce-resource contexts and countries.
Statuteapproved by vote of the Membership, November 26, 2012
GREETINGS FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Tomislav Petrovic [2011-2012]
Dear members, colleagues and friends, A few years ago, men have had a vision. A vision in which the idea of a lighthouse appeared. A lighthouse enlightening emergency and critical care medicine with an emerging technological approach: point-of-care ultrasound. A lighthouse that was built day after day, brick by brick. A lighthouse showing to practitioners how to use the apparatuses, how to reach the scientific knowledge, how to learn and teach. A lighthouse guiding the integration of ultrasound in everyday practice and finally also preventing from its misuse. A lighthouse only blinking at the beginning, but thanks to combined efforts of lots of willing hands, that started to enlighten more and more brightly. A lighthouse that is nowadays recognized and acknowledged as an inescapable interlocutor. For having developed and kept WINFOCUS in its axis, we can only be thankful to the past President Luca Neri and present President Michael Blaivas, and also to all the members and colleagues who helped in any way to its success. Thank you for the confidence you have expressed in appointing me as the next president. I'll do my best to be worthy of it. But I will never be able to do anything without everyone's help. Please, accept all my best wishes for year 2010. Success to President Michael Blaivas and to WINFOCUS.
Paris, January 20, 2010
Dr Tomislav PETROVIC
TOWARD HEALT 4ALL ... ONE DREAM, ONE WORLD
Winfocus is the world leader scientific network committed to develop Point-of-care Ultrasound practice, research, education, technology, and networking, addressing the needs of patients, institutions, services, and communities living in out-of-hospital and in-hospital critical scenarios.